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Five DoubleTree By Hilton Properties Join Historic Hotels Of America »

March 23, 2015 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton announced today that five of its most celebrated and distinguished hotels have joined the prestigious Historic Hotels of AmericaTM organization. From the ground on which Harry S. Truman once waved the “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline to the property now recognized as the “Official Hotel of the Alamo,” these five storied historic hotels embody the spirit and legacy of DoubleTree by Hilton in their own communities. The official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, Historic Hotels of America recognizes only the finest hotels for maintaining their authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity. To qualify for the program, hotels must have historic significance, be at least 50 years old, be designated by the U...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Latin America Portfolio With Four New Hotels In Mexico »

March 19, 2015 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

aloft Tijuana, aloft Coatzacoalcos and aloft Poza Rica Will Open by 2017Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano Hotel Will Debut this November
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 19, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE:HOT) today announced an agreement with GH Pegasus to open aloft Tijuana, aloft Coatzacoalcos and aloft Poza Rica by the end of 2017, and an agreement with Hoteles Real Chihuahua to unveil the Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano Hotel, a strategic conversion, by November 2015. With these new signings, Starwood will further strengthen its footprint across Latin America and Caribbean while significantly bolstering its presence in Mexico, the largest market for the company in the region.
“We are very excited to continue to expand our reach in Latin America with our fast-growing aloft brand and Sheraton, our largest brand – both of which continue to be sought-after by investors and guests alike,” said Jorge Giannattasio, Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations for Starwood Latin America and the Caribbean...

Embassy Suites Launches #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks Community To Help Make Family Vacations Better »

March 19, 2015 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites

All-suite hotel brand will leverage original research to improve the family travel experience through enhanced team member training, family-focused amenities, and a new Family Travel Hacks online community.
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // McLEAN, VA - Three-quarters (77%) of parents across the nation take trips where they stay in a hotel at least once a year with their kids – regardless of how many children they have – with about one-third (30%) of families travelling three or more times a year.¹ Parents say that family vacations are among their favorite moments with their kids, and that’s why a favorite, family-friendly hotel brand is taking steps to help make these important journeys even easier on parents...

DoubleTree By Hilton Celebrates Its 25th UK Hotel »

March 19, 2015 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

First Guests Welcomed at DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham - Gateway
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // NOTTINGHAM, UK and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton began welcoming guests at its 25th hotel in the UK - DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham - Gateway. The hotel is operated under a franchise with Exceptional Resorts and Hotels (UK) Ltd, which will manage the hotel. Renovations began in 2013 with an estimated investment of £5.5 million.
DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer an industry-recognized service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community. DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham - Gateway embodies this culture, offering the brand's signature warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival, welcoming guestrooms, and picturesque views across the moat which surrounds the hotel, all contributing to a peaceful stay...

Sixt Records 2014 As Most Successful Business Year In Corporate History – Dividend Payout To Increase By Around 20% »

March 18, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Sixt


Consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) climb 14.1% to record figure of EUR 157.0 million
Consolidated operating revenue gains 9.3% with growth across the board
Foreign business grows once again very dynamically with an 18.0% increase in rental revenues
Managing Board to propose a dividend of EUR 1.20 per ordinary share and EUR 1.22 per preference share to the Annual General Meeting for fiscal year 2014

March 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // Pullach – The Sixt Group records 2014 as the most successful fiscal year in its corporate history. Revenues and earnings exceeded the original expectations of the Managing Board and reached best-ever figures. The international mobility service provider's consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) rose 14...

New Sheraton Hotels Survey Reveals More People Reach For Wine Over Spouse Or Smartphone After A Long Day »

March 18, 2015 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

A Great Glass of Wine Also Trumps Sex and Social Media Among Global Travelers, According to New Wine Survey
Pinot Noir Takes Center Stage as the Latest Installment of the Successful Sheraton Selects Spotlight Program
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 18, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today revealed the results of a newly commissioned survey on global wine and travel trends as part of the brand’s signature premium wine program, Sheraton Selects Wine program. The survey found that after a long day, one out of every two people would reach for a glass of wine (48%), rather than their smartphone/tablet (15%) or even their spouse (15%). The research was conducted by leading market research firm, StudyLogic, and surveyed respondents from the United States, Germany, China, Chile, and Argentina...

Hyatt Place Columbia - Downtown - The Vista Celebrates Opening »

March 18, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

Located near the University of South Carolina in the heart of Historic Downtown Columbia
ATLANTA - March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Noble Investment Group ("Noble") and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista in Columbia, SC. The hotel is located within The Vista, Columbia's premier dining and shopping district, and proximate to major downtown area businesses, the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina State Capitol, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the Colonial Life Arena.
"We are excited to introduce the upscale select service Hyatt Place brand to historic downtown Columbia and the Congaree Vista," said General Manager Chad Howard. "Our spacious guestrooms and hotel amenities, along with our prominent location, make us an ideal fit for business, leisure, university, and state government travelers visiting our dynamic city...

IHG Strengthens Australasia Leadership Team With Appointment Of Ruwan Peiris »

March 17, 2015 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Ruwan Peiris as Regional General Manager for New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria. In his new role, Ruwan will be responsible for the management of thirteen IHG hotels, the National Convention Centre Canberra and Parliament House Catering by IHG.
Ruwan, who holds an Associate Diploma in Hotel Management, joins IHG with over 20 years of experience in Australia's hospitality industry. He was most recently Area General Manager with Accor Hotels, where he was responsible for the operational performance of hotels across New South Wales, the ACT and the company's properties in Darling Harbour. During that time Ruwan also played a key role in integrating Mirvac Hotels & Resorts into the group whilst driving the company's reputational growth on a national level...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Debuts Its First Hotel In The State Of Washington »

March 17, 2015 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

New Property Offers Convenient Access to Bellingham International Airport
March 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // BELLINGHAM, Wash. and MCLEAN, Va. - Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, announced the opening of its 48th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport. The 105-suite hotel is located at 805 Home Lane.
"It makes us proud to watch the Home2 Suites brand as it continues to expand with our introduction and growth in Washington," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites. "This latest opening reinforces the brand's strength in growth and development in the extended stay market and continual expansion throughout the western part of the country...

Travel Agents Win National Business Award In Celebration Of Women’s History Month »

March 17, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel agencies CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® honor female agents with OPAL Award for leadership and community service
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (PRWEB) March 17, 2015 - Leading home-based travel agencies CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® celebrate Women’s History Month in March by honoring a female vacation specialist from CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. with the OPAL Award for Women. The company has named Margaret Miner and Vivian Webb the 2015 recipients of this prestigious award.
The OPAL Award recognizes a female franchise owner and independent vacation specialist who demonstrate Outstanding Performance And Leadership. The honoree is active in community and civic organizations, is among CruiseOne and Cruises Inc...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Regency Tbilisi In The Republic Of Georgia »

March 16, 2015 at 10:57AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Plans In Place To Convert A Tbilisi National Heritage Monument Into A Hyatt Regency Hotel
March 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Rustaveli Property Ltd for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, which is expected to open in 2017.
“We are thrilled to add this landmark property to our portfolio and further expand the number of Hyatt-branded hotels throughout Europe. This project is particularly exciting as it is a conversion of the former Ministry of Justice building, a national architectural heritage monument, into a Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Tbilisi,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president of development for Hyatt – Europe, Africa and Middle East...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Continues Expansion In Texas With Latest Opening In Round Rock »

March 16, 2015 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

The Hotel Is Located In One of the Fastest Growing Cities in America
March 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // ROUND ROCK, Texas and MCLEAN, Va. - Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, today announced the opening of its 47th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin Round Rock. The 91-suite hotel is located at 1000 West Louis Henna Blvd. and is the eighth Texas property for the brand.
"Texas has served as a significant growth opportunity for the Home2 Suites brand in expanding our footprint," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites. "Round Rock is a flourishing market perfect for the latest Home2 property. We are excited to introduce our innovative approach to guests in the area...

CruiseOne® Recognizes Franchisee With National Business Award In Celebration Of Women’s History Month »

March 16, 2015 at 3:40AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

CruiseOne® Honors Margaret Miner with OPAL Award for leadership and community service
March 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – For the third year in a row, the leading home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® celebrates Women’s History Month in March by honoring a female CruiseOne Vacation Specialist and Franchise Owner with the OPAL Award for Women. The company has named Pleasant Hill, Calif. resident Margaret Miner the 2015 recipient of this prestigious award.
The OPAL Award recognizes a female franchise owner who demonstrates Outstanding Performance And Leadership. The honoree is active in community and civic organizations, is among CruiseOne’s top selling agents and has exhibited strong business skills...

Park Hyatt Zanzibar Officially Opens And Marks First Hyatt Hotel In Zanzibar »

March 13, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

As Hyatt Continues Brand Growth in Africa, Park Hyatt Brand Debuts on Beachfront in Historic Center and Unesco Heritage Site in Stone Town
March 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Park Hyatt Zanzibar, marking the first ever Hyatt hotel on the idyllic East African island and the 36th Park Hyatt hotel worldwide. Park Hyatt Zanzibar reflects the intimate and understated elegance of the Park Hyatt brand while embracing the rich culture, heritage and historical significance of Zanzibar’s unique Stone Town.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar is situated on the beachfront in Stone Town, the historical center of the city and a designated UNESCO Heritage site. As the cultural heart of Zanzibar, little has changed in Stone Town over the last 200 years...

#AloftLive: Starwood’s Innovative Aloft Brand Announces Live At Aloft Hotels 2015 Tour »

March 12, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

5 Emerging Artists; 5 Cities; 25 Nights of Music; Only at Aloft.
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 12, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Aloft Hotels today announced that the hottest emerging musical acts are checking in and rocking out at Aloft Hotels across the country as part of the Live At Aloft Hotels 2015 Tour. The tour will feature intimate, exclusive performances by five rising artists, each set to play at five of Aloft’s most buzz-worthy destinations in North America.
“Aloft is built for the next gen traveler. From innovative design, to our vibrant social scene and dynamic music programming, the Aloft experience is for early adopters,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands...

Portugal Welcomes InterContinental® Lisbon - Estoril »

March 11, 2015 at 10:36AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of InterContinental® Lisbon - Estoril in Portugal, evidence of further growth of this unrivalled luxury global brand. The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Margem Encantada, SA.
The signing comes just a few months after the opening of InterContinental Lisbon and, once open, this hotel will join InterContinental Porto - Palacios Das Cardosas as the third InterContinental property in Portugal.
Located in one of the most elegant tourist destinations in the world, InterContinental Lisbon - Estoril stands proudly to the west of Lisbon’s city centre in the affluent town of Estoril...

AmericInn® Announces Addition Of New Hotel In Black River Falls, Wisconsin »

March 11, 2015 at 10:14AM PDT | Source: AmericInn

March 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // Chanhassen, MN - AmericInn®, the largest mid-scale lodging brand in the upper midwest, announced the addition of a new location at W10090 Wisconsin 54, Black River Falls, WI. The new AmericInn Lodge & Suites Black River Falls was previously a Super 8.
The 54-room hotel will feature signature AmericInn hospitality concepts and services that are being incorporated into all AmericInn hotels nationwide. The property will be undergoing extensive renovations including guest room and lobby renovations.
“We are very pleased to announce this addition to the growing AmericInn system which now includes close to 200 locations in 24 states,” said Paul Kirwin, president and CEO of AmericInn...

Designed For The Next Generation Of Travelers, Aloft New Orleans Downtown Boasts Prime Location »

March 11, 2015 at 7:07AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Modern Style and Live Music at WXYZ® Bar
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 11, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its game-changing aloft brand has arrived in New Orleans, following the completion of an adaptive re-use project that transformed a historic building in the city’s Central Business District. The hotel is controlled by 225 Baronne Complex Subtenant, LLC, an affiliate of HRI Properties, LLC, and managed by HRI Lodging, LLC, aloft New Orleans Downtown features 188 spacious, loft-like rooms, an active social scene and innovative brand-led programming.
“We are thrilled to introduce the aloft brand, with its distinct design aesthetic, buzzing social scene and innovative offerings, to the vibrant city of New Orleans,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Starwood Accelerates Expansion In Latin America & The Caribbean Following Strong Year Of Signings In 2014 »

March 11, 2015 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Lengthening its lead in luxury, the company will add three new hotels under The Luxury Collection brand; Momentum continues for specialty select brands with new projects in Mexico, Peru and Paraguay
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 11, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it anticipates another strong year of growth in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2015, fueled by hotel openings and high-quality deal signings. The company also announced the debut of Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro, expanding its portfolio to 94 hotels in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 13 additional hotels in the pipeline set to open by 2017.
“2014 was a great year for Starwood in Latin America and the Caribbean with growth at both ends of our business,” said Jorge Giannattasio, Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations for Starwood Latin America and the Caribbean...

IHG® Rewards Club Signs Global Partnership With Mahindra Racing Formula E Team »

March 10, 2015 at 10:31AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces a multi-year partnership between its industry leading loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club, and the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team.
Formula E is the world’s first all-electric powered motor racing Championship consisting of a series of races known as ‘ePrix’ all held on city-centre street circuits. Formula E represents cutting-edge engineering and progressive design. It promotes clean energy and sustainability, which makes it a great partner for IHG with its own strong track record of innovation and commitment to achieving sustainability, through its award-winning environmental management tool, the IHG Green Engage™ system.
The partnership will be officially launched at the inaugural Miami Formula ePrix on March 14th 2015, where IHG Rewards Club branding will be unveiled on the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team’s uniforms and cars raced by Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok...



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